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I'm Andy Mabbett, from Birmingham, England.

I blog at and have a neglected website at

I'm known as Pigsonthewing on some websites.

You can also find me on Twitter and Facebook, but please don't be offended that I only "befriend" people I know well enough to share my home address and phone number with, to the latter.

My background

Having programmed machines with paper tape and punched cards (at a very young age!), I'm glad to see things have moved on a little. I gave up programming many years ago, but have been involved in the design and management of pioneering, large-scale websites in the UK's public sector since 1994.

I am a published author and journalist - but (as anyone who's corrected my 'tyops' will tell you) I can't type.

I am a trustee, and webmaster, of the West Midland Bird Club.

Web for all

I believe strongly in adherence to web standards, making web pages as accessible as possible, to everyone, and that it's important to communicate using the simplest language necessary, to convey ideas clearly. Hence my proposal for a brief description of microformats.

My microformats interests

I am the proponent of:

and have reactivated the previously-proposed:

Other pages I have created include:

and (at the time of writing) I'm responsible for most of:

See also: my contributions

I have published microformats on:

and am responsible for their use on many other web sites, as listed on our advocacy pages.


I usually surf with whatever is the latest formal release of FireFox, using far too many extensions (including Operator for parsing microformats), under Windows XP, on a 20" or 2x17" monitor at 1280x1024 resolution.

I use FireFox's live bookmarks and the Sage extension, to view hAtom feeds.


I object strongly to the removal of this answer, from the FAQ:

Q. How will microformat class names impact page size?

A2. Possibly quite considerably, especially if your original data doesn't make use of, or only has few, class names.

For example:

<tr class="X">
<th scope="row">Friday 3<br>
  <abbr class="wmbc" title="West Midland Bird Club">
<a href="../solihull/indoor.htm" title="Solihull Branch indoor meetings">
  Solihull Branch indoor meeting
<td>Solihull College, New Lecture Rooms, Blossomfield Road, Solihull B91 1SB (SP142790).</td>
<td>Steve Smith: The Farne Islands and the Bass Rock.</td>


<tr id="D20061103a" class="vevent X">
<th scope="row">Friday 3<br>
<abbr class="dtstart" title="2006-11-03T19:30:00+00:00">
–<abbr class="dtend" title="2006-11-03T21:30:00+00:00">
<td class="summary">
  <abbr class="wmbc" title="West Midland Bird Club">WMBC</abbr> 
  <a class="url" href="../solihull/indoor.htm" 
   title="Solihull Branch indoor meetings">Solihull Branch indoor meeting
<td class="location vCard">
  <span class="fn org">Solihull College</span>, 
  <span class="adr">
    <span class="extended-address">New Lecture Rooms</span>, 
    <span class="street-address">Blossomfield Road</span>, 
    <span class="locality">Solihull</span> 
    <span class="postal-code">B91 1SB</span>
  (<abbr class="geo" title="52.4095; -1.7921">SP142790</abbr>).
<td class="description">Steve Smith: The Farne Islands and the Bass Rock.</td>

That's 399 characters increased to 860; over double.

Non-food recipes

"other musings are purely theoretical [...] recipes means only food recipes"


Released into public domain

I agree to release all my text and image contributions (past, present and future) to this wiki, into the public domain*. Please be aware that other contributors might not have done the same, so if you want to use pages with my contributions under public domain terms, please check past contributors' user pages.

"^ Creative Commons Public Domain License, the original at or any later version published by Creative Commons; with either a waiver of rights, or an assertion that no rights attach to a particular work."




...I'd rather be out bird-watching.

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